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Area Boy Scouts victorious on the Cumberland River

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Troop 454 won awards at the Riverfest Regatta Saturday, Sept. 10.
The Boy Scout team carries its boat to the water.
Scout members Matthew King, Alex Rodriquez, Jacob Garrison, Cody Smith, Dylan Bilyeu, Hunter Bilyeu, Joseph Garrison, Andrew Garrison, Blake Jackson, Jacob King and Nicholas Saldernia along with Scout master Joe Bilyeu and assistant scout master Daniel King of Troop 454 in Cedar Hill. SUBMITTED

Congratulations to Robertson County's Boy Scout Troop 454 for winning first place in the civic group and youth category of the annual Riverfest Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Montgomery County.

This is the seventh time the Scouts, headed by troop leader Joe Bilyeu, participated in the competition.

Before arriving, the contestants have all constructed boats out of cardboard for the races, which all commemorate the events of 9-11.

The Scouts worked on the boats for about four weeks, according to Bilyeu.

"This was a good project which involved safety, teamwork, training, boatmanship, patriotism, with an emphasis on math and water displacement," Bilyeu said. "We built a boat that was 44 inches wide and 15 feet long. It held eight Scouts."

Bilyeu said the boys were limited in supplies to using cardboard, duct tape, glue and water sealer.

They named the boat Jason Edens, honoring one of Tennessee's fallen heroes.

"We also won the Team Unity plaque for most spirit and best organized group," Bilyeu said. "People really loved the boat. They kept yelling, 'Go Scouts!'"

Boy Scout Troop 454 is very active in the community of Robertson County, meeting Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Community Center. For more information on Scouts, contact Joe Bilyeu at 615-681-7161.

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